What is a LIP?

What is a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)?

The Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a federally funded initiative through Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), designed to coordinate and support improved settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers within the communities in which they live. Through partnership and coordination with stakeholders, in participating municipalities across PEI, the LIP has built multi-municipal partnerships with those who lead community-based initiatives to welcome and integrate new residents.

PEI Immigration Partnership Program, Snapshot:
January 1, 2016 – Feb 28, 2018
PEI Network 1057
Partners in Immigration 302
Newcomer Advisors 73
Municipal LIP Council 35
SPO Working Group 10
Provincial and Municipal Strategy Sessions 36
Working Group Meetings 14
Events, Receptions, Cultural Activities 29

IRCC’s LIP initiative first emerged in Ontario in 2008 and now operates in over 77 cities across Canada. The LIP model “rests on the concept of settlement and integration as a two-way street: promoting what newcomers bring to Canada, but also what Canada offers newcomers” (John Biles, Assistant Director, Integration Programs, IRCC).

The LIP initiative has had great success across Canada and has spread rapidly since its inception. The hosting organizations for LIP programs vary widely across Canada, but a significant percentage are hosted in a municipality or a settlement association.

In October 2015, the PEIANC and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) entered into an agreement to establish a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) in PEI. Unlike LIP programs found in larger centres, the PEI LIP is unique in that it is province-wide in scope- supporting multiple communities across PEI.

The PEI Immigration Partnership (PIP) works through the settlement association, the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. The PIP works in collaboration with a wide range of partners, from municipalities to community organizations, from provincial government departments to service providers, from businesses to educational institutions, from community leaders to those that have lived newcomer experiences.

Unlike a settlement association, the PIP program does not provide direct services to immigrants. The program does provide immigrants civic engagement opportunities and works to improve immigrant outcomes by fostering partnerships between service providers and communities, for improved newcomer integration and retention.

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